The sixteen-volume Handbook of Middle American Indians, completed in 1976, has been acclaimed the world over as the single most valuable resource ever produced for those involved in the study of Mesoamerica. When it was determined in 1978 that the Handbook should be updated periodically, Victoria Reifler Bricker, well-known cultural anthropologist, was elected to be general editor.
This fourth volume of the Supplement is devoted to colonial ethnohistory. Four of the eleven chapters review research and ethnohistorical resources for Guatemala, South Yucatan, North Yucatan, and Oaxaca, areas that received less attention than the central Mexican area in the original Guide to Ethnohistorical Sources (HMAI vols. 12-15).
Six substantive and problem-oriented studies cover the use of colonial texts in the study of pre-colonial Mayan languages; political and economic organization in the valleys of Mexico, Puebla-Tlaxcala, and Morelos; urban-rural relations in the Basin of Mexico; kinship and social organization in colonial Tenochtitlan; tlamemes and transport in colonial central Mexico; and land tenure and titles in central Mexico as reflected in colonial codices.
Victoria R. Bricker is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Tulane University. Ronald Spores is Emeritus Professor of Archeology at Vanderbilt University.
General Editor’s Preface (Victoria Reifler Bricker)
1. Introduction (Ronald Spores)
2. Classic Maya Dynastic Alliance and Succession (James A. Fox and John S. Justeson)
3. Prehispanic Background of Colonial Political and Economic Organization in Central Mexico (Frederic Hicks)
4. Ethnohistory of the Guatemalan Colonial Indian (Robert M. Carmack)
5. The Southern Maya Lowlands during Spanish Colonial Times (Grant D. Jones)
6. Indians in Colonial Northern Yucatan (Nancy M. Farriss)
7. Kinship and Social Organization in Early Colonial Tenochtitlan (Susan M. Kellogg)
8. Socioeconomic Dimensions of Urban-Rural Relations in the Colonial Period Basin of Mexico (Thomas H. Charlton)
9. One Hundred Years of Servitude: Tlamemes in Early New Spain (Ross Hassig)
10. Techialoyan Codices: Seventeenth-Century Indian Land Titles in Central Mexico (H. R. Harvey)
11. Colonial Ethnohistory of Oaxaca (John K. Chance)
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